Was Neruda murdered? The Chilean poet, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, died on September 23, 1973, twelve days after Pinochet's coup in Chile and one before traveling to Mexico to lead and organize the opposition to the dictator there. Ambassador of the country in France, thirsting for justice and remembering his colleagues sacrificed at the hands of an unjust regime, he had decided to take action on the matter. Sick of cancer, everything pointed to this as the cause of his death. But in 2011, his driver, Manuel Araya, declared that he had confessed to her shortly before dying that he had been poisoned.
The Communist Party, in which the writer was a member, files a complaint to which his nephew, Rodolfo Reyes, the family's lawyer, joins. Since that date, two judges and three scientific committees have investigated the case without reaching a consensus. “Relative time,” as coined by what is considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, will have the last word.
Pablo, until his last breath, dictated note by note to his wife Matilde Urrutia his memoirs published posthumously under the title I confess that I have lived, in which he acknowledged having sexually abused a young woman when he served as Chilean consul in Burma, as well as having abandoned his daughter born with hydrocephalus, who died at eight years of age.